Padraig Harrington enters the Reno-Tahoe Open at No. 123 in the FedExCup. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Here’s a look at some featured groupsfor the first two rounds of this week's Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club:
J.J. Henry-Stuart Appleby-Padraig Harrington: The defending champion, J.J. Henry, is playing with nine-time PGA TOUR winner Stuart Appleby and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. Harrington, the 2008 PGA Championship winner, also is in next week’s PGA, while Henry is the third alternate. A victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open also will earn a player an exemption to Oak Hill. Henry, at No. 91 in the FedExCup standings, appears to have clinched his spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Appleby and Harrington could use a good week, though. Harrington is 123rd in the standings, while Appleby is 124th. The top 125 after the Wyndham Championship qualify for the Playoffs.
Woody Austin-Ben Crane-Davis Love III: This threesome features three former TOUR winners who could use a good week to ensure a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Austin won this year’s Sanderson Farms Championship, his first TOUR win since 2007, but ranks 134th in the FedExCup. The 300 points he earned for his Sanderson Farms win are the only points he’s earned this season. Crane, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, is 122nd in the standings. He’s posted just two top-10s in 18 starts this season, including a T-8 at THE PLAYERS Championship. Love, who missed several months because of neck surgery in February, is 162nd in the FedExCup after finishing in the top-10 once in 12 starts. Love and Austin are both in the field for next week’s PGA Championship.